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Salvador Dalí (1904 - 1989)

Lot 358: Dali's Mae West sofa enhanced by Frans Molenaar

Adams Amsterdam Auctions

September 29, 2015
Amsterdam, Netherlands

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DALI, Salvador (Spanish 1904 – 1989) - after. Mae West lips sofa, 20th century. Mae West lips sofa, after the 1937 original design fabricated by Green and Abbot, London and French decorator Jean-Michel Frank for Edward James (1907–1984), felt black-coloured upholstery and white linen piping, upholstered exclusively for Frans Molenaar by Het Atelier van Clubmeubelen (at present: Koets & van de Laar), 88 x 177 x 75 cm. Very good condition.

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DALI, Salvador (Spanish 1904 – 1989) - after.

Notes


The Mae West lips sofa was first designed by Salvador Dali between 1937 and 1938, in collaboration with the poet and surrealist patron Edward James, for the refurbishing of the latter's West Dean home in Sussex. There are six early copies of the sofa, three different pairs. The sofa offered here is from a later edition (second half of the 20th century) and the only copy with this coating. In the 1930's Mae West (1893-1980) was a celebrated vaudeville artist and Hollywood actress, known for her voluptuous build and sensuality. Dali's love for her was already portrayed in his 1934-35 painting of 'The Face of Mae West, which might be used as an apartment' at the Chicago Institute of Art, in which her lips are depicted as a sofa. Although the sofa is usually upholstered with red fabric to represent the lips, Molenaar personally chose the fabric and design for the upholstery. Characteristic of his style as a couturier was his use of piping, usually in contrasting colours. Unique

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